Two kids sitting in blue kayaks on the water, smiling as they lift their paddles above their heads.
McDowell Nature Preserve (Nancy Pierce/MCPRD)

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Welcome to Meck Playbook!

November 15, 2019

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In addition to public meetings, the project team will also hold focus groups, community surveys and engaging events across Mecklenburg County with residents, neighborhood and business organizations, existing and potential partners, elected officials, park and environmental advocacy organizations, and regulatory agencies. 

As part of the first phase of the planning effort Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation will be conducting its 2020 Community Survey during the month of December. It will be administered by the nationally recognized ETC Institute via phone, mail and the Internet/email. 

Approximately 800 Mecklenburg County households will be chosen at random to participate in the survey. This quantity of households is needed in order to obtain a sufficient sample that represents the views and perceptions of the entire community. Selected households will have the opportunity to complete the survey by mail, e-mail or phone. 

The survey will ask residents about their level of satisfaction and priorities for a wide range of park and recreation services. It will take participants approximately 15 minutes to complete a survey. All respondent information will remain confidential.

The survey results will be presented to the Department early in 2020, and then made available to the public during our next series of public meetings. Park and Recreation Department Director Lee Jones stated, “The purpose of the survey is gather feedback on county-wide Park and Recreation open spaces, programs and services. It will be a valuable tool used to measure the progress our master plan’s priorities and help plan for the future. Actively engaging residents will help identify areas where we can improve. I look forward the community’s feedback and the myriad ways their satisfaction with the system and their needs for their parks will inform our decisions.”

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Recent tweets

Romare Bearden often depicted African-American life in the South in his work. The park named for him in tribute has dramatic fountains and lush green space. It's a popular urban destination for activities and concerts. #BlackHistoryMonth2020

We had a great time celebrating #BlackGirlMagic at Reedy Creek Nature center today! After learning about notable women in the African-American outdoor community, we hit the trail for a little hiking. #BlackHistoryMonth2020

💈 Thad Tate operated a Charlotte barber shop at Trade and Tryon from the 1890s to the 1940s. With other black leaders, he started an insurance company, an investment company and an office building for black-owned businesses. #BlackHistoryMonth2020

Project Timeline

The 18-month plan development process has just begun! Below is a timeline with project milestones and goals for each step of the plan’s development.

  1. We are here

    Phase 1 (Discovery)
    The first phase of Meck Playbook will begin with a review of plans previously created for the County and initial conversations with key stakeholders and initial public engagement.
  2. Phase 2 (Inventory)
    Meck Playbook will take inventory each of the system’s parks, nature preserves, greenways, trails and facilities, and research current asset access, demographic and recreation trends, and environmental systems.
  3. Phase 3 (Envision)
    The Playbook will focus on developing initial ideas, goals and future septs that will add up to a cohesive vision.
  4. Phase 4 (Implementation)
    The master plan vision needs to be actionable and comprehensive. This phase of the plan will take the vision and goals and pair them with a series of recommendations that are prioritized as part of an implementation strategy.

Plan Presentations and Reports

Upcoming Events

Vision Fest Public Workshop

March 19, 2020 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Beatties Ford Library, 2412 Beatties Ford Rd, Charlotte, NC 28216

Vision Fest Public Workshop

March 20, 2020 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Cornelius Town Hall, 21445 Catawba Ave, Cornelius, NC 28031

Vision Fest Public Workshop

March 21, 2020 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Albemarle Road Recreation Center, 5027 North Idlewild Road Charlotte NC 28227
A woman playing pickleball on a blue court.
Two people playing pickleball on a blue court.

Queens University Tennis Complex at Marion Diehl Park (Nancy Pierce/MCPRD)

Past Events

Mecklenburg County Sportsplex at Matthews

November 20, 2019 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
2425 Sports Pkwy, Matthews, NC 28105

Revolution Park Sports Academy

November 21, 2019 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
1225 Remount Rd, Charlotte, NC 28208

Hornet’s Nest Williamson Pavilion

November 21, 2019 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
6301 Beatties Ford Rd, Charlotte, NC 28216
Two young girls playing with hula hoops in a park with several people in the background.
Two young girls playing with hula hoops in a park.

Clark’s Creek Community Park (Nancy Pierce/MCPRD)